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Graduate Programmes

UCD welcomes applications from Japanese students to our graduate programmes. Find out about our courses, entry criteria to UCD programmes, how to apply, what the visa requirements are, fees, scholarships and who to contact for further information.

 

UCD offers unparalleled choice in Graduate studies

University College Dublin has a thriving graduate community of some 6,800 students who work and learn on two world-class campuses, and in numerous associated research and teaching institutions. Through our seven Colleges, UCD offers Ireland’s most diverse range of graduate opportunities. Programmes are led by academic experts and offer students unparalleled choice at all levels. UCD offers Doctoral Programmes, taught and research masters, graduate diploma and certificate programmes and higher diplomas in more than 290 areas of study. Our taught programmes are modularised to facilitate access, continuing professional development and life-long learning.

Practical Information

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Graduate Entry Requirements

Holders of Bachelors and Masters Degrees with good grades from competitive and well ranked universities and colleges can be considered for entry to graduate degrees at UCD. 

Taught Masters – Academic Entry Requirements

The normal requirement for entry to a taught Master’s Degree programme is a second class honours degree in a relevant subject. However intending applicants should check the individual requirements listed on the School website, since some degrees may require a higher standard for entry.

For applicants who do not have the required minimal entry standard, a year-long qualifying course may be available. In this case relevant work experience may be a requirement.

Please refer to the relevant School or programme for more specific information on entry requirements for your chosen programme.

Research Masters- Academic Entry Requirements

The normal requirement for entry to a Research Master’s Degree programme is a second class honours degree in a relevant subject. However intending applicants should check the individual requirements listed on the School website, since some degrees may require a higher standard for entry.  In addition course work and examinations may also be specified by the College at entry; normally these have to be satisfactorily completed in the first year of a Master’s degree programme.

Please refer to the relevant School or programme for more specific information on entry requirements for your chosen programme.

PhD Programmes - Academic Entry Requirements

To be eligible to enter one of UCD’s PhD programmes, a candidate must have reached a high honours standard at the examination for the primary degree.  In some cases, a Master’s degree may also be required. In certain cases, a candidate may be able to provide other evidence to the School in order to satisfy the entry requirements of the programme.

It is recommended that applicants interested in research at Masters and PhD level should, in the first place, read the information available on the UCD website.

Secondly, applicants should review the website of the relevant School and College to ensure they are fully informed about the research objectives of the academic course concerned.  Prior to submitting an application it is essential that candidates make contact with potential supervisors.

Please refer to the relevant School or programme for more specific information on entry requirements for your chosen programme.

English Language Requirements

Teaching in Irish Universities is normally through the medium of English, therefore all applicants are required to demonstrate a high level of competence in English language. Applicants must provide evidence of equivalent competence in English language through a recognised English language test, as outlined below.

Please note:

  • Your English language certificate must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree course.
  • Other evidence of proficiency in English may be accepted. For further advice please contact UCD Admissions (admissions@ucd.ie) to check if we will accept it. When enquiring, please inform the Admissions Office of: the name, level and date of the qualification; the country in which it was taken; and the scores you obtained. If possible, please send a scanned copy of the certificate and transcripts (if available) showing as much as possible of the information above.

UCD recognise the appropriate minimum score in the following recognised English Language Examinations:

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

  • An average score of 6.5 over all components and a minimum of 6.0 in each band on the Academic Version.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) administered by Princeton University

  • A minimum score of 600 in the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), with Test of Written English at 475 +.
  • In the computer based TOEFL, a minimum score of 250 is required.
  • A minimum score of 90 is required in the Internet based based TOEFL (iBT).

Some courses require a higher level of English language competency. Please check with the relevant UCD School. 

For further advice please visit the English Language Requirements website, or contact UCD Admissions.

How to Apply

To apply for undergraduate and graduate programmes please consult your local approved educational agent. Applications made through recognised educational agents will not incur an application fee. Your counsellor will advise you and help you fill out the form. This will then be returned to UCD International and processed quickly.

You can also apply directly using the online application system.

Applications are accepted from October of the previous year of study and candidates will usually be notified of the status of their application within 4 weeks of application. (Note: Undergraduate applicants are required to apply before the 1st July).

Waiting for your results from the High School examinations? 

In certain cases a ‘conditional offer’ may be made while you are waiting on your final results. You would need to submit a copy of all of your academic transcripts to date in order to be considered for a conditional offer without a final grade.

Application Fee

An application fee is required for most application types. Non-payment will mean that the application is not presented for assessment. This is payable during the application process using Mastercard, Visa or Laser. The fee is €50. It is also possible to pay the application fee online after you have submitted the application. Applications made through recognised educational agents will not incur an application fee.

Additional Information

After you submit your online application, a list of required documents will be emailed to you. The documentation required varies depending on the programme you have applied for. The preferred method of document submission is via the upload facility which is available once the application has been submitted. Required documents must be uploaded or posted to arrive within 2 weeks of submitting an online application. If you choose to post the required documents as part of your application, please forward to Martin Hurley, Online Applications, Tierney Building, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.

Applicants for the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business, who are sending documents as hardcopy, should post their documentation directly to the School (Smurfit School Admissions, UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, Carysfort Avenue, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland).

Unless otherwise specified it will be presumed that all documents submitted must be originals, with the exception of academic transcripts which should be photocopies.

Official translations must be provided with the original/copy documents where documents are not in English. Applicants who wish to have their original documentation returned should forward a stamped addressed envelope.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Visa Information

Please see Visa and Immigration Information for detailed information.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees are based on the course of studies chosen. Full information on fees for specific programmes can be found on the UCD Fees page.

Scholarships and Funding

UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School Scholarships

Please see www.smurfitschool.ie/scholarships for information on scholarships available to students studying at the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.

 

Global Excellence Graduate Scholarship

Open to: All successful applicants to the full time programmes who resides in, and are citizens of Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Macao, Mongolia and Taiwan. 

Please note that all Clinical Programmes are not eligible for these scholarships. These awards are merit based and terms and conditions apply.

[NOTE: All scholarship and funding schemes are subject to availability of funds, and details given here are subject to change at any time. Potential applicants are urged to check information regularly to ensure they are aware of current procedures, deadlines etc.]

TitleDescriptionTerms & Conditions
Global Excellence Scholarship (100%) All successful applicants to eligible full time programs are invited to apply to our prestigious Global Excellence Scholarship. The Scholarship Program is funded by UCD and aims to attract excellent candidates. Early application is encouraged. Global Excellence Graduate Scholarship - East Asia
Global Excellence Scholarship (50%) All successful applicants to eligible full time programs are invited to apply to our prestigious Global Excellence Scholarship. The Scholarship Program is funded by UCD and aims to attract excellent candidates. Early application is encouraged. Global Excellence Graduate Scholarship - East Asia
Global Scholarship Applicants with the following statuses (‘Offer’, ‘Conditional Offer’, ‘Accept’ or ‘Conditional Accept’ status) on their application are automatically considered for partial tuition scholarships by our admissions and scholarship committee. Decisions are made based on your submitted application materials. Graduate T&C's
UCD Past Exchange / Study Abroad Schol Returning Exchange and Study Abroad students are eligible for a €4,000 tuition fee scholarship. UCD Past Exchange / Study Abroad Scholarship
Universitas 21 Alumni Scholarship Universitas 21 Alumni are eligible for €3,000 or 10% tuition fee scholarship. This scholarship is open to all successful applicants to graduate taught masters students who are graduates of a Universitas 21 partner university. Universitas 21 Alumni Scholarship
 
For help with the above information, please email southeastasia@ucd.ie

Meet Us in Japan

UCD will be attending the following events in Japan in March 2017:

SI-UK University Fair (Tokyo & Osaka)

beo International Education Fair (Tokyo & Osaka)

 

For details of upcoming visits, see our meet us page.

Agents in Your Country

UCD International works closely with a number of education representatives (also known as agents or counsellors) around the world, who can help you find out more information about our university, our programmes and entry requirements, as well as provide guidance on the application process. These agents have the most up-to-date information on the admission process, availability of scholarships as well as visa application. Please see list of agents available to you in your country:

 

Japan

SI-UK Education Council (Tokyo) 

Takagi Building 3F, Kamiosaki 2−15−14

Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo-to 141-0021

Contact: David Willoughby

Email: david@ukeducation.jp

tokyo@ukeducation.jp

Tel: 81(0)3-5272-9143

Fax: 81(0)3-5272-9146

Web: www.ukeducation.jp

SI-UK Education Council (Osaka) 

2F Nissei Building East

2-2-13 Shibata

Kita-ku

Osaka 530-0012

Emailosaka@ukeducation.jp 

Tel: 81 (0)6-6147-5681 

Webwww.ukeducation.jp

BEO Limited (Tokyo) 

5th Floor Forecast Shinjuku South Building,

4-3-17 Shinjuku,

Shinjuku-ku,

Tokyo 160-0022.

Contact: 

Email: study@beo.jp

Tel: 81(0)3-5367-3315

Fax: 81(0)3-5367-3316

Web: www.beo-study.com

BEO Limited (Osaka) 

3rd Floor Inoi Building 2,

2-9-19 Shibata,

Kita-ku,

Osaka 530-0012.

Contact: 

Email: osaka@beo.jp

Tel: 81(0)6-6371-1116

Fax: 81(0)6-6371-1165

Web: www.beo-study.com

WISH International Inc.

49F Shinjuku Centre Bldg 1-25-1

Nishi-shinjuku

Shinjuku-ku

Tokyo 163-0649

 

Contact:

Email: eur@wish.co.jp

Tel: 81(0)3-5322-7250

Fax: 81(0)3-5322-7251

Web: www.wish.co.jp

Ryugaku Journal

JR Shinanomachi Building 6F

34 Shinanomachi

Shinjuku-ku

Tokyo 160-0016

Contact:

Email:rj-partner@ryugaku.co.jp

Tel: +81 3 5312 4430

Web: http://www.ryugaku.co.jp

Ryugaku Journal Inc.

Nagoya Kokusai Center Building 22F,                            

 1-47-1 Nagono, 

Nakamura-ku,

 Nagoya 450-0001

Email: rj-partner@ryugaku.co.jp

Tel: + 81-3-5312-4430

Web:  http://www.ryugakujournal.com/english/service/

Ryugaku Journal Inc.


Osaka Ekimae Dai-4 Bldg                                           

., 21F, 1-11-4 Umeda, 

Kita-ku, 

Osaka 530-0001

Email: rj-partner@ryugaku.co.jp

Tel: + 81-3-5312-4430

Web: http://www.ryugakujournal.com/english/service/

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